The Romantics: Poetry, Prose, Imagination

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MLITQ391 Literature,
BA QV23 Literature and Art History,
BA QV24 Literature and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV32 Literature and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad)

Module description

Romantic writers valued feeling, freedom of expression and the power of the imagination. Writers we now consider establishment figures, such as William Wordsworth, John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge rebelled against conventionality, both in their writing and their personal lives. Women writers pursued liberation through literature – on this module you will read works by Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and others.

Your study of poetry, prose and drama produced around the turn of the 19th century will provide you with an understanding of a relatively brief, although turbulent and complex period in our literary history.

Established and new critical approaches and theories will provide a framework for your enquiries.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To provide a strongly supportive learning environment in which students will study Romantic period poetry and prose.

2. To engage students with critical approaches and theories relevant to the study of Romantic writing.

3. To enable students to take full advantage of the research expertise of the tutor and the resources in the University's Albert Sloman Library.

4. To enhance employability by providing transferable skills that have practical applicability in the world outside the university.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a suitably advanced understanding of key areas of Romantic writing.
2. Demonstrate a suitably advanced understanding of key theories of interpretation, and be able to apply these to texts.
3. Display mastery of the complex cultural, historical and social contexts that inform Romantic poetry and prose.
4. Employ a range of research methods that build self-directed enquiry in a specialised area of study.

Students will acquire the following transferrable skills:
• Develop confidence and advanced skills in critical analysis and expository writing about Romantic literature.
• Develop skills in using materials in databases and electronic archives.
• Develop advanced skills and confidence in presenting and discussing their work, orally and in writing.

Module information

Required texts:
* Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
* Shelley, Mary. Mathilda.
* Wu, Duncan, ed. Romanticism: an Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012. (NB: Where possible, I have selected texts contained in this anthology. Students taking the module are advised to purchase or borrow the collection).

Learning and teaching methods

This module is designed to be deliverable either fully online (in a lockdown situation) or as a blended module with some online components and some face-to-face instruction, health and safety permitting. The structure of each week will alternate slightly between these two patterns: • Week A: 50 min lecture (Zoom); 50 min seminar (either face-to-face or Zoom). • Week B: 50 min lecture (Zoom); 10 min pair tutorial (either Zoom or email feedback). Lectures will always be recorded and uploaded. They may also be supplemented by curated online media. Students will also complete a series of small weekly assignments ahead of lectures and seminars (eg. reading-comprehension quizzes, forum posts, annotation exercises, etc).


  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; Sykes, Frederick Henry. (©2009) Rime of the ancient mariner: and select poems, Waiheke Island: Floating Press.
  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; Shawcross, John. (1939) Biographia Literaria, London: H. Milford.
  • Keats, John; Gittings, Robert; Mee, Jon. (2002) Selected letters, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Reiman, Donald H.; Fraistat, Neil; Crook, Nora. (c2000-2012) The complete poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; Fry, Paul H. (1999) The rime of the ancient mariner: complete, authoritative texts of the 1798 and 1817 versions with biographical and historical contexts, critical history, and essays from contemporary critical perspectives, Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Keats, John; Forman, H. Buxton. (1900-1901) Complete works, Glasgow: Gowans & Gray.
  • The First Book of Urizen,
  • Joanna Baillie. (2001) Plays on the Passions (1798 edition), Orchard Park, N.Y: Broadview Press.
  • Wordsworth, William; Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; Schmidt, Michael. (1999) Lyrical ballads: with a few other poems, London: Penguin.
  • Austen, Jane; Jones, Vivien. (2003) Pride and prejudice, London: Penguin Books.
  • Mary ShelleyMichelle Faubert. (2017) Mathilda (Broadview Editions): Broadview Press Ltd.
  • Wordsworth, William; Wordsworth, J. W. (1995) The Prelude: the four texts (1798, 1799, 1805, 1850), London: Penguin Books.
  • Marriage of Heaven and Hell,
  • Wu, Duncan. (2012) Romanticism: an anthology, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Short Essay (1,000 words)    20% 
Coursework   Research Essay (2,500 words)    60% 
Coursework   Online Portfolio    15% 
Practical   Participation    5% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Christopher Bundock, email:
Dr Christopher Bundock
LiFTS General Office, email: Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Prof Duncan James Salkeld
University of Chichester
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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